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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG. 31
Board of Education necessarily must be decreased annually. The present
administration has not been able nor willing to check the increase of
scholastic population, no more than it has been able to increase the revenues
without legislative action.
Two years ago, in order to give all the relief possible to the public freeschools,
the expenses of the Educational Department, of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College, and of the Medical Branch of the University,
previously paid out of that fund and from the University revenues, were
taken from the general revenue, which, to a considerable extent accounts
for its present inadequacy to meet the current governmental expenses.
A discussion of the untold benefits of the efficient maintenance of the
public free schools would seem to be superfluous here. This, now, is not
the question. Repeated, the proposition is this: Will the Legislature
obey the plain mandate of the Constitution, or will it follow the example
of its predecessors in failing or omitting to do so? There will be added
to the public schools over a hundred thousand children in the next two
years. It requires no stretch or strain of the imagination to see the inability
of present revenues to supply their demands. The schools must.
become a failure or taxation to support them must be increased.
As the cap-stone of the fine educational system of the State, the University
commands the admiration and affectionate regard of every patriotic
citizen who understands its merits. The main university building
is located on an eminence of forty acres of enclosed, shaded grounds, in
the city of Austin, and was erected at a cost of $146,000. It is a commodious,
strong, neat, and well ventilated structure. Its laboratories,
heating apparatus, assembly hall, class rooms, literary, and other conveniences
are attractive, useful, and of a high order. The chemical laboratory
alone cost $25,000, and the apparatus of the physical laboratory
cost $15,000, while the geological and biological laboratories have been
prepared with great skill and foresight at proportionate cost. The faculty
consists of upright, moral, intellectual men of superior attainments, in:
the vigor of manhood, and of rank in university circles equal to those of
much older institutions of the South and North. The attendance for
the present year aggregates 420 young ladies and gentlemen, whose reputation
for intelligence, close application, honorable demeanor, ambition,
and pride is a subject of favorable comment generally, which establishes
for the institution a character far above most universities, and justly
guarantees to it the liberal support of the people. According to their
own selection and choice, these students are taught in the literary and
scientific departments, and in the law department, by twenty-five officers.
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas, book, 1895; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5862/m1/31/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .